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2010/12/22  How well do you know the rules of table tennis (continued)?
Q.
Both Player A and Player B use combination bats, with long pimples on one side of the racket. Player A wins the toss and prepares to serve in the first game, at which time Player B hides his racket underneath the playing surface and starts to twiddle his bat. Seeing Player B do this, Player A hides his racket underneath the playing surface and twiddles his racket, then throws the ball up while his racket is still hidden, and serves. Player B catches the serve and claims the point, stating that Player A cannot hide his racket when serving. Player A retaliates by saying that Player B is not allowed to hide his racket when receiving service. What should the umpire do?

(1) Call a let and warn Player A not to hide his racket when serving.
(2) Call a let and warn Player B not to hide his racket when receiving.
(3) Call a let and warn both players not to hide their rackets.
(4) Award the point to Player B.
(5) Award the point to Player A.

For the answer click here.

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2010/12/20  Table Tennis Canada bans legal rubbers for Juniors!
Table Tennis Canada have taken complaining about long pips it to a whole new level.  For the Canadian Junior Championships there has been a racquet coverings rule change.  Effective immediately, players competing in the Cadet 13 category may use any ITTF approved racquet covering as per ITTF rules, however, players competing in the Cadet 11 category may only use smooth tacky rubber - no pips or anti-rubbers.  What's going on?
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2010/12/15  How well do you know the rules of table tennis (continued)?
Q. Is a player ever allowed to throw his bat in order to reach the ball and knock it over the net?  Another related question: is a player allowed to actually hit the ball with his playing hand, whether the bat is in his hand or not?

A. You do have to have the bat in your hand when the ball is struck.  So if you throw the bat it is the other players point even if the thrown bat hits and returns the ball.  It is a fault to hit the ball with your hand if the bat is not in it.
Remember, up to your wrist is considered part of your bat but it has to be deliberately struck twice to be a point against you - unintentional double hits are no longer a fault. 

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2010/12/10  Promote participation in table tennis within your community
2010 Legacies Now is accepting applications for the Local Sport Program Development Fund. It will provide grants of up to $2,000 to support new and expanded sport participation opportunities initiated within B.C. communities. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2011.  Programs that directly lead to new individuals participating in organized sport on an ongoing basis are eligible for funding.  This is a great opportunity to promote participation in table tennis within your community.  A junior program? Introducing beginners to our game?  If you have an idea send in your application.
For further details, please see the program guidelines and application form online here.
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2010/12/08  2011 B.C. Closed
Entries are now being accepted for the 2011 B.C. Closed to be played in Richmond on January 8th & 9th.  Events are available for all skill levels and for juniors and 50+ and 60+ age groups.  We encourage all players from the Island to participate. More information and a link to the entry form is on our "Tournaments" page.
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2010/12/01 Double Fish Canada Open
Excellent quality video from the Double Fish Canada Open played in North Vancouver on November 21.2010.
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2010/11/28  Table Tennis and Alzheimer's.
The following article is reproduced, in part, from the November 28.2010 Century City News, Los Angeles:
"Table tennis, affectionately known as ping pong, is a potential vaccine in the fight against Early Stage Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia affecting over five million Americans today. Steadily gaining media attention, even Oprah’s favorite doc, Dr. Oz, dedicated a whole segment of his TV show on the benefits of ping pong, describing it as his favorite ‘brain’ sport. Michael Zaretsky is certainly no stranger to the magic of ping pong. A professional table tennis player and coach, he is the President of the Gilbert Table Tennis Center, a state of the art training facility in Los Angeles. He founded Sport & Art Educational Foundation (SAEF) in 2007, a non-profit foundation dedicated to helping seniors and children who suffer from cognitive challenges through the amazing benefits of table tennis. Zaretsky happily shares, 'Table tennis promotes optimal brain function, engages social skills, is an excellent form of physical fitness, and is something healthy and fun for all ages!'”
November is Alzheimer's awareness month.
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2010/11/26  How well do you know the rules of table tennis (continued)?
Players A and B are playing doubles against Players C and D. In the final game, the score is 4-3 in favor of Players A and B. Player A is supposed to be serving to Player C, but the players get confused and Player B serves to Player D. The mistake in order is not noticed by the players or umpire until the point is over, with Players A and B winning the point. What should the umpire do?

(1) Call a let, keep the score at 4-3, and have Player A serve to Player C.
(2) Award the point to Players C and D and call 4-4, since Player B was the first person to strike the ball out of sequence, so therefore Player A and B must have lost the point.
(3) Call the score 5-3, change ends, and now have Player D serve to Player A, since Player D was the receiver in the previous point, and Player A should have been the server.
(4) Call the score 5-3, change ends, and now have Player C serve to Player A, since Player C should have been the receiver in the previous point, and Player A should have been the server.
(5) Call the score 5-3, change ends, and now have Player D serve to Player B, since Player D was the receiver in the previous point, and Player B was the server.
(6) Call the score 5-3, change ends, and now have Player C serve to Player B , since Player C should have been the receiver in the previous point, and Player B was the server.

For the answer click here.

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2010/11/12  How well do you know the rules of table tennis?
Player B is taking an excessively long time to get ready between points. Player A gets impatient, and serves the ball to Player B, who puts his free hand up in the air (to indicate he is not ready) and hits the ball back to Player A. The ball travels over Player A's endline without hitting the court of Player A, who then catches the ball and claims the point. What should the umpire do?

(1) Declare the point a let.
(2) Declare the point a let, and warn Player A to wait until Player B is ready to receive.
(3) Declare the point a let, and warn Player B to get ready to return serve faster.
(4) Declare the point a let, and warn both players as mentioned above.
(5) Award the point to Player A.

For the answer click here.

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2010/10/18  A note received today at VITTA:
"Hello fellow players, Just a few words about the just completed tournament in Nanaimo; another well done and organized tournament. A big thanks to Frank, Alvin and to Ken for his dedication to the game and 'informable' website." Wally Lawrence
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2010/10/18  Results and images from the 2010 Vancouver Island Closed held in Nanaimo on October 17.2010. The tournament committee would like to thank everyone who contributed in the months leading up to tournament day and helped make this tournament a huge success.  And on tournament day especially to Frank Enns who ran the 'starter's desk' with such efficiency and to Alvin Ng who helped Frank and contributed in so many ways.
Images courtesy Nandor Deri, Ken Holman & Claudia McLean.
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2010/10/04  BCTTA is offering a Referee's Course in November on the Lower Mainland.  Cost for the three day course: $100.  You would be responsible for all other expenses.  Dates: November 26th to November 28th.  Application deadline is November 10.2010.  Contact BCTTA for more information.
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2010/10/01 How well do you know the rules of table tennis?
Q. 
When making a return, the ball accidentally hits the finger and rubber, but it is not clear whether the double hit was simultaneous. What should the umpire do?

A.  This is a tricky question, mainly thanks to the ITTF, who have just recently reworded the rule to make it clear that only deliberate double strikes lose the point. The correct answer, therefore, is that the umpire should do nothing, since it is now legal for the ball to accidentally hit the finger and then the rubber. (Of course we are talking about a finger on the playing hand, not the free hand!) 

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2010/09/29  BCTTA is pleased to announce an invitation to all rated B.C. players to participate in qualification for earning an entry into the first world ranking tournament in Canada the Double Fish Canada Open Tournament to be held at Capilano College Gymnasium, North Vancouver, November 19-21, 2010. This tournament is sanctioned by the ITTF and world ranking points will be awarded. A 3-day pass for spectators is available for $20.00. The qualification tournament takes place on October 24th & 31st at VTTC, 828 East Hastings St. Vancouver. Deadline for entries October 20th. More information here.
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2010/09/22  Results from the 2010 B.C. Seniors Games held in Comox September 15 to 18, 2010, for Vancouver Island (Zones 1 & 2) participants here.
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2010/09/19  Images from the hugely successful 2010 B.C. Seniors Games in Comox here.
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2010/09/07  Senior Games Warm-up Tournament
"Excellent tournament." "Thank you for a well run tournament." "Lots of games, lots of fun." "We both enjoyed the experience very much and now realize just how many great table tennis players there are on the Island." Just some of the comments from participants in this tournament. Special thanks to Ed Schum & Alvin Ng who ran the 'starter's desk' with such efficiency.
Results & images here.
Thanks to Dan Ford & Ken Holman for images.
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2010/09/03  Game strategies. Just in time for the upcoming tournaments here's some great advice from a top level player, U.S. National Men's Team member Samson Dubina, who has posted a link to a number of suggested game strategies against nine different types of opponents. Samson cuts through the usual amount of waffle that many strategy guides have, and distills his advice down to the essentials - what your opponent wants to do, what you need to do, and a checklist of six key points to remember against each style. Tried and tested tactics from a U.S. Team member - all for free! To view click here.
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2010/08/30  B.C. Senior Games information:
The table tennis competition will be at the Comox Recreation Centre - 1855 Noel Avenue in Comox. Early rounds will be played on Thursday (September 16th) and Friday (September 17th), with finals on Saturday (September 18th)
Accreditation will be held at G. P. Vanier Secondary School - 4830 Headquarters Road, in Courtenay, on Wednesday (September 15th) from 8:30 am to 10:00 pm, but will be closed during opening ceremonies. If unable to register in person, you must fill out an Accreditation Package Pick-up Form in order for someone else to pick up your package. This person must show photo ID. If this is not done, you may be classified as a "No Show" and not be able to compete.
Opening ceremonies will be at Strathcona Gardens - 225 South Dogwood, Campbell River, on Wednesday from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Vans or buses will provide rides to and from the ceremonies.
Closing ceremonies will be at Simms Park in Courtenay, across from Lewis Park. If the weather is bad, the ceremonies will be at Florence Filberg Centre, where we usually play table tennis, in Courtenay.
The banquet will be held at G. P. Vanier Secondary School, in the gymnasium - 4830 Headquarters Road, in Courtenay on Friday night. Two seating times will be announced.
(Thanks to Dan Ford - Zone 2 coordinator - who provided this information).

Good luck to all Island participants!

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2010/08/23  Table tennis t-shirts.  Designed for the 2010 Vancouver Island Closed Tournament these great looking t-shirts are for every table tennis enthusiast on the Island. Our tournament sponsor (Kal-Tire) is providing these high quality 100% cotton t-shirts at cost.  This means we can sell them at only $20.00 each (incl. tax), but you must get your order in by September 16th.
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2010/08/04  Entries are now being accepted, by e-mail, for the 2010 Vancouver Island Closed to be held on October 17th in Nanaimo. A repeat of last year's successful one day tournament, again hosted by the Nanaimo Table Tennis Club and the City of Nanaimo. Open to residents of Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast & the Gulf Islands. Events will include Open Singles, 55+ Singles, Men's & Women's Doubles & 55+ Doubles.
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2010/07/05 Want to become your club expert on the rules of table tennis? Officiate at tournaments? Now's your chance. Karol Ziduliak (BCTTA Officials Committee Chairman, International Umpire & Referee) will conduct a seminar on Vancouver Island offering 'Club Umpire' certification. The seminar lasts 2-3 hours followed by a multiple choice, open book exam which would take about an hour to complete. (For details of required reading and study material click here.)
For those interested you can progress, in the future, to the 'Provincial Umpire' and 'National Umpire' levels.
The seminar will be conducted on a weekend day, probably in August. The location will be decided when we know where the majority of participants are from. We anticipate a total cost of approx. $25.00 for members of the BCTTA - $30.00 for non-members.
If you are interested in participating please email us including a note of where you live.
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2010/06/16  Senior Games Warm-up Tournament Nanaimo: September 6. For qualified participants in the 2010 B.C. Senior Games in a Zone 1 (South Island) & Zone 2 (North Island) tournament. An opportunity to get some last minute practice and competition ahead of the main tournament. The number of entries will determine the format but every effort will be made to ensure an opportunity to play against people you would not normally play. More information.
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2010/06/13  The Nanaimo Table Tennis Club and the City of Nanaimo have again agreed to host the 2010 Vancouver Island Closed in Nanaimo on October 17. A repeat of last year's successful one day tournament it will be open to residents of Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast & the Gulf Islands. Events will include Open Singles, 55+ Singles, Men's & Women's Doubles & 55+ Doubles. More information: info@vitta.ca
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2010/05/30  Congratulations to the following players who will be representing Zone 1 at the B.C. Senior Games in Comox, September 15-18:
Jimmy Yang, Eva Zhang, Yuji Nakagawa, Claudia McLean, Uschi(Ursula) Leslie, Ken Holman, Lynn Kavanagh, David Dexter, Emiko Nakagawa, Sue Jiang, Shirley Sheppard, Beverley Cattrall, Anne Ashley, Fred Kong, Lois Watt, Jeff Watt, Neeltje Pater, Bruce Roger, Jeannie MacCulloch, David Cattrall, Nicola Ferdinando, Michael Sampson, Heide Dobbie, Richard Dunstall, Richard McMullen, Ken Avio, Ken Osborne, Joan Wells, Frank Enns, Merv Brillinger, Eric Saxelby, Dick Stone, Norma Sanby, Marc Bell, Joan Brillinger, Benno Boechler, Kathleen Quilter, Diane Bouthillier, Betty Emery, Les Quilter, Cecelia Rind, Edmund Bowe, Jim Anderson, Gunter Prodohl.
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2010/05/04  2010 B.C. Senior Games (Comox September 15-18). Playdowns and practice for Zone 1 players (Vancouver Island residents of Chemainus/Saltair & south) has been rescheduled to Sunday May 30th at Queen of Angels School in Duncan from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Playdowns will only take place if needed. All persons registered to participate in the 2010 Seniors Games in Table Tennis are welcome to attend. $2.00 per person facility fee. For more information contact Zone 1 coordinator Frank Enns at fe0540@telus.net or 250.748.0566.
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2010/05/03  Concrete table tennis tables are appearing all over Europe as the sport's popularity soars. See what Britain is doing.
How can we convince the local Parks & Recreation to install some in our parks?
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2010/05/02  Congratulations to the following players who will be representing Zone 2 at the B.C. Senior Games in Comox, September 15-18:
Bruno Fornika, Anne Grist, Dan Ford, Chere Malcolm, Dave Tyler, Ellen Clark, Earle Thomas, Evelyn Hay, Gerhard Sorger, Georgina Smith, Gerry Burbidge, Gloria Ellefson, Hugh Grist, Joan Lord, Karl Simkus, Judy Perra, Martin Sherrer, June Nicol, Mosh Moshrefzadeh, Lindy Anderson, Nandor Deri, Myra Orr, Phoui Phanthoupheng, Patty Robertson, Ray Robinson, Terry Wei, Ru Wei & Wally Lawrence.
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2010/03/22  The ITTF just launched a new version of the ITTF TV channels at www.ittf.com/ittv. Six TV channels broadcast all the ITTF world events LIVE and feature delayed videos of the matches played. Access to the TV channels/videos is free. All you need to do is register.
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2010/03/15   2010 B.C. Senior Games to be held in Comox September 15 -18. Registration for Zone 1 players (Vancouver Island residents of Chemainus/Saltair & south) is now open. Playdowns will only take place if needed. Contact Zone 1 coordinator Frank Enns at fe0540@telus.net or 250.748.0566. More information.
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2010/03/12  How well do you know the rules of table tennis? (cont.)
In a non-umpired match:
The server serves. The receiver returns the ball. The server catches the ball and says, "It was a let serve". The receiver says, "No it was not a let serve. It is my job to call the let. The point is mine".
What is the correct ruling?

To see players opinions click here.

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2010/03/02  2010 B.C. Senior Games to be held in Comox September 15 -18. The registration for Zone 2 players (Vancouver Island residents of Ladysmith & north) will be held in Nanaimo on Wednesday, April 28.
Events
include singles, doubles & mixed-doubles in both a competitive and recreational division. Age groups 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 & 80+. If there are more than six entries for each age group/event, playdowns will be held to determine who can play in the games. More information.
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2010/02/20  How well do you know the rules of table tennis?

Question: Can the server catch the ball when serving?
1.What if the player tosses the ball and catches hold of it without serving, as often happens in tennis?
2.What if the ball falls down without contacting the bat after tossing?
Answer: In both cases the serve is a fault, and the point goes to the receiver.

Question: What happens if the ball bounces back over the net on service? A player is ready to serve to their opponent, he hits the ball on his side, it bounces over the net but he has so much back spin on the ball, the ball bounces back over the net to his side of the table before the opponent can hit it.
Answer: The rule is that it is the server's point - the receiver failed to hit it.

Question: How many times can my opponent bounce the ball before serving?
Before serving, my regular practice partner has a ritual where he taps the ball against his bat three times as he prepares to serve. It drives me nuts. I say he can't do it as he is covering the ball. He says (a) he is not actually serving at that point so he can do whatever he wants (like in tennis, when the server bounces the ball a few times to get concentration before serving) and (b) I can still see the ball as he taps it so it doesn't matter.
Answer: Your practice partner is correct. The reason why is actually the first one he gives you - he hasn't started serving at that point, so he can do whatever he wants. The second reason does not apply, since the serve hasn't started yet. There are a couple of provisos that might help you though: Your opponent must hold the ball in the open palm of his stationary free hand before serving. So he can tap away, but he had better hold the ball still in his free hand before serving. No tapping and serving all in the one motion to surprise you. ITTF Laws of Table Tennis 2.6.1 Service shall start with the ball resting freely on the open palm of the server's stationary free hand. 2.5.2 The ball is in play from the last moment at which it is stationary on the palm of the free hand before being intentionally projected in service until the rally is decided as a let or a point. Also, play is supposed to be continuous. That means that your opponent can't tap for 5 minutes between each serve. Most umpires will give a few seconds leeway for a pre-service ritual, but 20 taps is not on. 3 taps would generally be OK though.

Want to become your club expert on the rules of table tennis? We are planning on offering a 'club umpire' BCTTA sanctioned certification seminar on Vancouver Island later this year. More information to follow. For details of required reading and study material click here.

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2010/02/19  Statistics shows that 85% of the players who first reach the five-point mark turn out to win the game.
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2010/02/06  Entries are now being accepted for the 2010 Richmond Open to be held on February 27th & 28th at A.R. MacNeill Secondary, 6611 No. 4 Road, Richmond. Entry deadline: 3:30 p.m. Monday, February 22.2010.
Numerous events including men's & women's open, rated singles & doubles and "over 40" & "over 55" categories. Click on "Tournaments" above to access entry form.
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2010/01/26  Cardboard barriers. The Courtenay Table Tennis Club located rolls of corrugated cardboard, used as barriers between tables, locally at Little River Sales in Courtenay. A 250' roll (by 48") cost $80.00.
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2010/01/14  Axel Nagorny from Cortes Island is looking to purchase a used brand name table and also a robot for the local school. Can anyone help track down these items? Contact Axel at pinkstarsinthesky@hotmail.com
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2010/01/08  Entries are now being accepted for the 2010 B.C. Closed Tournament to be held on January 30th & 31st at Steveston-London Secondary School, 6600 Williams Road, Richmond. Entry deadline: 3:30 pm (Friday) January 22nd, 2010.
Numerous events including men's & women's open, rated singles & doubles and "over 40", "over 50" & "over 60" categories. Click on "Tournaments" above to access entry form.
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2010/01/04  The Courtenay Table Tennis Club is looking to source cardboard barriers. These are the rolls of corrugated cardboard that can snake between and at the end of tables to contain balls. Can anyone help them find a supplier? Please contact Patti Robertson at: ppringle@shaw.ca
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2010/01/02  What direction for Vancouver Island Table Tennis in 2010? We need your opinions and ideas.
  • Will you support/participate in more tournaments?
  • What type of tournaments and when?
  • Which clubs would consider hosting a tournament?
  • Interested in a 'club umpire' certification from the BCTTA?
  • How about inter-club (league) play?
  • A league for the 55+ group?
  • Would a Victoria team travel to Campbell River for a league match and vice versa?
  • A north island league and a south island league?
  • Which clubs are able to host an inter-club or league match?

Send us your thoughts.

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2010/01/01  The December 27th Killerspin Spinvitational Tournament (Chicago, IL) followed the innovative 41 points scoring system. A match consisted of four quarters with the first player to win 41 points being declared the winner. Read more about this system and tournament results.
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